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: well, i'm based in irving, texas, at the university of dallas, where i'm a professor of politics. c-span: is that a full-time job still? >> guest: right. yes. c-span: and when did you--early on in your life, or maybe it wasn't early on--start thinking about things like the constitution or the declaration of independence or the founding fathers? >> guest: well, it took me a while to get there. i was a student in the '60s and '70s of leo strauss and some of strauss' students out in claremont; actually, originally, a student of allan bloom's at cornell, then i went out to claremont. and originally, i was really focused on the study of obscure texts in the history of political philosophy written by dead white males like plato and cicero and people like that. and my first book, in fact, was an interpretation of plato's apology of socrates. but it really wasn't until the '80s that i got interested in a serious way in american politics and i used my knowledge of the history of philosophy to help to understand the principles of this country. and i think it really did help, as a matter of fa
, please, ma'am. >> i'll go quickly. my name is anna, i'm from the dallas/fort worth world affairs council, and as i told everyone yesterday, i teach seniors. i've been facebooking with them, and can they ask me questions, and the point is they want to know for this right now -- because they're online with me -- should they be optimistic? they're very scared, the class of 2013, and what can you say to them that i can pass on to them about economic competitiveness and if they should be optimistic or worried? >> great question from the seniors. okay, steve. >> notwithstanding everything i said before -- [laughter] i'm actually optimistic. i think, i'm optimistic because heidi ticked off a number of these before in a slightly different context, but they're just as applicable in this context. we have the most flexible economy in the world. we have this incredibly diverse labor force, diverse group of people in this country who come here because of the opportunity. there are not that many people who leave america to go live in all these other places that we worry about being more competitive th
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